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Re: [IP]plastic cartridges

McCracken, Peter Hale wrote:
> > ----------
> > From:         email @ redacted[SMTP:email @ redacted]
> > Reply To:     email @ redacted
> > Sent:         Friday, October 17, 1997 12:53 AM
> > To:   email @ redacted
> > Subject:      Re: [IP]plastic cartridges
> >
> > Jim----Whoa!  It never occurred to me to re-use the catridges!  Where
> > have I
> > been.  Then how do you know when to use a new one?  Does the rubber
> > stopper
> > leak or what?  So it seems that the plastic cannot be re-used??  All
> > very
> > interesting!  It really is disgusting how much all of the paraphanelia
> > costs
> > even if you have good insurance.  And how 'bout those strips?  Let's
> > find a
> > way to re-use them!!
> >
> > David---thank you for the internal pump info.  I'll have to check out
> > that
> > website.
> >
> > Karen
> >
> Here's my two cents: I used to reuse the insulin cartridges, but my big
> problem was figuring out how to mark each cartridge so I'd know how many
> times I had used it. I didn't want to use each cartridge enough times
> that the plunger started getting tight. After a variety of tries, I
> finally came up with the following effective solution: I used a
> "Sharpie" or similar marking pen to put a notch directly on the blue
> plunger every time I filled the vial. (I had been trying on the vial
> itself, but the mark wouldn't stay, despite being covered with tape,
> etc.) Once it had two or three marks on it, I knew it was time to retire
> it. I hope this is a useful suggestion for some.
> If you're looking to save a lot of money, though, and you're using a
> Disetronic pump, try replacing the batteries yourself -- this is a way
> to save a lot of money, and I think a very safe way, too (though others
> will disagree). Before I go on, let me mention that one Disetronic rep
> told me that if the company found that I had done this to one of its
> pumps it would invalidate my warranty. I think this is wrong -- they
> don't seem to mind if I use Humalog in the pump, even though it's not
> technically approved for that use, and that'll have a bigger effect on
> the pump than the batteries, in my experience -- but it's worth knowing.
> Basically, Disetronic will charge you about $7.50 for each of those
> special "Disetronic" batteries, but in fact each one is just a holder
> for two of the 357 batteries you find in a Minimed. You can carefully
> take apart the Dise battery holder and replace the worn out batteries
> with two very inexpensive 357 batteries -- you can get the best brands
> you can find, and still save a fortune over what Disetronic will charge
> you -- and you're all set. Some will say that these batteries will not
> work as well, but I don't believe that to be the case.
> Since I have full coverage of pump supplies now, I purchase new stuff,
> but if you're trying to save money or don't have coverage (and don't get
> me started here -- the biggest reason why everything costs so much is
> because our idiotic insurance system allows companies like Disetronic
> and Minimed to charge whatever they want, making everything that much
> worse for those without insurance) you might want to consider these
> things. Also, if you want to look in to reducing the cost of infusion
> sets, consider exploring what Becton-Dickinson has to offer in the way
> of replacement infusion sets for other uses. I got two sets somewhere
> and found that the luer lock on the pump is a standard size in the
> medical supply industry. The B-D sets I had weren't perfect -- I think
> the tubing was too large (though once it's filled with insulin that
> shouldn't really matter, I would think) and the tubing wasn't long
> enough, but I was never able to get my hands on a medical supply catalog
> that would list the different sizes of tubing diameter, length, or
> needle gauge that B-D produced. I still have one of the ones I received;
> I could supply its product code and part number if that would be useful
> to anyone.
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Hello to all pumpers, 
I'm Gena and this is really the first message I've sent in the network. 
I also would like to find ways to save money with supplies.  I have a MM
506.  I have plenty of cartridges so I haven't reused them.  I started
on the pump many years ago and at that time there were 30
cartridges(resevoir syringes) to a box and 24 infusion sets to a box so
over the years I have more syringes.  I have tried leaving the set in
longer but develop skin (tissue) problems.  My infusion sets work best
in lower abd.  I have used that area so much it looks almost as rough as
it did when I took shots.  I can only wear a set in my leg for a day
before it irritates me.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Happy
pumping!!!! Gena